Tag : electric vehicle
White Clean Air stickers are for low or no emission vehicles like my all-electric Nissan LEAF. Now when you see vehicles in the HOV lanes with white stickers you’ll know why.
One of the major barriers for acceptance of electric vehicles is the limited number of miles you can drive before recharging the car. San Diego is taking steps to knock down this barrier, or at least make it smaller, by installing public charging stations like the ones now available in Balboa Park. There are now 10 of the Blink charging stations installed in Balboa Park. At least for now they are free to use. All you need is a swipe card from Blink to activate the charger. The Blink chargers at Balboa Park are similar to the Blink charger installed in my garage at home that I use to charge my Nissan LEAF. There are plans to install more public chargers in places where people might go for a couple of hours, and now they can get some extra “juice” while enjoying a park, shopping mall, or wherever they might go.
A big incentive for me to purchase an electric vehicle in 2011 was the promise of a $5,000 rebate check from the Center for Sustainable Energy in California. The program called the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project sent checks to the first 1,800 or so LEAF owners in California. The check definitely made the LEAF a more affordable vehicle on top of cutting out gas emissions and costs. I’m happy to say I was able to receive the check while the program was still funded.